How To Write A Letter For Leniency?


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Rob Facey Profile
Rob Facey answered
A letter of leniency is usually a legal letter written to a judge asking to take a certain condition in consideration before he or she establishes their judgment or passes sentence. Letters of leniency are technically a professional business letter, and should be written as such in terms of form and language used.

Write a list of the reasons why you feel the judge should be lenient. Include concrete reasons for why the judge should be lenient in sentencing the person you are writing the letter for. Good qualities, examples of good character, examples of movement toward rehabilitation or individual life circumstances are examples of elements to consider.
Make sure you write your full address at the top of the page, including your house number, street, postal or zip code, county or state. Address the letter personally by using the judge's title and name. You need to explain your reasons for writing and what you want to achieve from the letter. Type one or two sentences, telling the judge why you are writing. An example of this might be, "I am writing to provide a character reference for Paul Smith." Keep this section as short as possible. Also, type a paragraph introducing yourself to the judge, including only information about yourself that is pertinent in you writing a letter of leniency for the individual you are writing for.

You need to explain why you think the judge should be lenient and give reasons if possible. You can also let the judge know that you are available to speak to them personally and provide all your contact details if they wish to contact you.
Remember, finish the letter by using "Yours sincerely" and print and sign your name at the bottom of the page.
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Anonymous answered
My son has broken probation and will be sent to the county in Al where he was incarcerated.  He wants to write a letter of leniency, but doesn't know how.  Please help him.
Judith (Irish Faerie Blessings) Kreindel Profile
If your referring a legal letter, like to a court, judge, board, magistrate, etc, I would say acknowledge and fully own up to your mistakes. Explain in detail, what you have learned and why the error/behavior will not occur again. Show sincerity and take thought in composing your words. Good luck to you!

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